Though Kenny is far from gone, Fine Gael concentrates on future leaders
As sage voices in Fine Gael insist the Taoiseach is given space to manage his own exit, minds are concentrated on his successor. Sarah Carey considers the options
As the lambing season takes off, the Irish Farmers' Association has urged dog owners to make sure their pets are locked up at night. Any mutt will merge with a frenzied pack and tear a sheep to pieces. My uncle once found a ewe stuck in mud with half its face eaten off by a terrier.
So I winced in recognition and turned away as I listened to the hounds move in on the Taoiseach. When all pressure should have been on Noirin O'Sullivan, the media was - as usual - quickly sidetracked by the smell of political blood. Easier to pick off a tired Enda Kenny, befuddled over minor details, than to keep their eyes on the real issue.
As I've always made clear I thought Kenny's critics, driven by their rage that he failed to fail, were far too hard on him. Indeed it feels unseemly to discuss successors before he makes any announcement. But as the sun begins to set on his reign, they've asked this blue shirt princess to analyse the Fine Gaelers facing off for the grand, if temporary, prize of the Taoiseach's chair. Most likely, they'll spend the next Dail in Opposition while a resurgent Fianna Fail returns to its apparently natural place in government.